The Spring season has been announced at the Finborough, and as usual it is an eclectic list of plays that haven’t been produced for decades. I Didn’t Always Live Here, last staged in 1973, is just one of them, so please look at the entire spring offering at the Finborough website.
From the Finborough “Not as if I always lived here, mind you…I started off in Govan. Never dreamt in those days I’d end up this side of the river. Real step up in the world that was…I’m grateful for it. Despite everything, I’m grateful for it ”
Glasgow, the 1970s. Martha and Amie are old neighbours, trapped in their decaying tenement and cut off from family and friends. With the present closing in and the future uncertain, Martha and Amie’s real companions are the past and their memories of ordinary lives peopled by extraordinary characters and their struggles and triumphs.
I Didn’t Always Live Here is a compassionate and heart rending journey into the forgotten lives of the dispossessed and elderly, as well as an uplifting journey into the human spirit’s capacity to cope with social exclusion and financial hardship.
One of multi-award-winning playwright and poet Stewart Conn’s earliest works, I Didn’t Always Live Here now receives its English premiere and first production since it was last seen at Dundee Rep in June 1973. It also marks Lisa Blair’s debut as a freelance director following her work with both the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.”